PASADENA, Calif. (Mar. 7, 2015) – Sophomore Sophia Chen (Newport Beach, Calif. / Corona Del Mar) registered decisive wins at #2 doubles and #2 singles as the Caltech women's tennis team posted a dominant 8-1 win over Principia College on Saturday afternoon.
Caltech, recently ranked No. 12 in the first Intercollegiate Tennis Association NCAA Division III West Region Rankings of the season, improves to 3-3 overall while Principia drops to 3-4.
Freshman Erin Wang (Auburn, Calif. / Del Oro) and Chen stormed to the lead at #2 doubles, going on to win convincingly at 8-1. The #1 pairing for Caltech fell behind on a pair of early breaks before salvaging a few games in an 8-4 loss as Principia leveled the match score, but the #3 team of freshmen Grace Yao (La Palma, Calif. / Oxford Acad.) and Sarah Antilla (Redondo Beach, Calif. / Redondo Union) picked up a break midway through and closed out their match with an 8-4 win, giving Caltech the 2-1 edge.
The Beavers completely took over in singles play, going up a set at all six courts while dropping a total of just five games across the lineup. Yao and Morton quickly finished things off at #5 (6-0, 6-0) and #6 (6-1, 6-1) to bring Caltech within one point of clinching the match, which Wang soon claimed at #3 (6-1, 6-1). Freshman Sarah Cai (Livermore, Calif. / West Lafeyette Jr./Sr.) and Chen followed not long after with wins at #1 (6-1, 6-2) and #2 (6-0, 6-1) singles, and freshman Vinci Chen (Austin, Texas / Westwood) capped the day with a hard-fought 6-2, 6-3 win at #4 for the final 8-1 score line.
Head Coach Mandy Gamble and the Beavers will turn right around to host No. 39 Trinity (Texas) University tomorrow, Sunday, Mar. 8 at the Riviera Tennis Club at 3:00 p.m.